The Flamengo Embankment - With 1,200,000 sq m of green areas by the sea, the Flamengo Embankment is the result of one of the most beautiful and important landscape projects ever designed by Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx. Extending from the Santos Dumont Airport to the Botafogo Cove, the Park offers a wide range of attractions. It offers sports courts, bicycle tracks, cooper trails and aero-modelling tracks. The track on Avenida Infante D. Henrique, running from the South Zone to the town centre is closed to traffic on Sundays and holidays, from 7 am to 6 pm, considerably enlarging the space available for walks, games and leisure in general in the Park.
Tijuca foreste - Touring along its sinuous roads and visiting the attractions on the way could take up a whole day. As the largest natural preservation site in an urban area in the country, the Park is 20 km away from town centre. It is divided into three sections – the Tijuca Forest, the Carioca Hill and the Gávea Rock/Bonita Rock. Its flora was devastated at the end of the 19th century to give way to coffee plantations. Reforestation brought back plant species of the Atlantic Forest such as “ipês”, “jequitibás”, “jacarandas” and “sapucaias”.
The Botanical Gardens - A true ecological sanctuary. That’s the best way to define Rio de Janeiro’s Botanical Garden - one of the ten most important in its genre in the world. Not only does it host the rarest specimens of Brazilian flora and that of other countries, but it is also an excellent leisure option for children and adults, and a pleasure for all those who love contemplating nature.
Campo de Santana - Right in the center of the city, an area of 155.000 sq meters, covered in trees and shrubs and grass, where samll wild animals and birds roam free.
Catacumba park - Nestling in a corner of the hills around the Lagoon, it is known for the sculptures on show in the pleasant gardens. There is a 20-minute trail going up the Saconapã lookkout, 130 meters above see level.
Quinta da Boa Vista - The park is part of the Solar da Boa Vista, the royal residence of Brazilian emperors between 1822 and 1889 – the year the Republican Government was established in Brazil. It extends over an area of 155 thousand square meters, provided with a garden in 1869, according to a project designed by French landscape artist Auguste Glaziou. Entering through the side gates, visitors can stroll along Sapucaias Alameda with its romantic design, depicting the original lakes, grottos and nooks of such imperial gardens. The Quinta’s vast gardens host the National Museum and city’s Zoo, including also playgrounds, sports courts, picnic areas and restaurants. It offers guided tours and free gardening lessons on weekend
Parque Lage - The Park was originally the Del Rei Sugar Cane Mill and was situated on the margins of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
Passeio Público - Located in the historical center of Rio de Janeiro, between Lapa and Municipal Theater, the Public Promenade is the first landscaped park in Brazil, and was designed by one of the greatest artists of the Brazilian colonial period: Mestre Valentim da Fonseca e Silva.Built in 1783, the Public Promenade was a great meeting point of Rio de Janeiro population in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Inside could be contemplated, and various species of flora national works of art crafted by Mestre Valentim, such as fountains, sculptures and pyramids.